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Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (0-0) vs Chicago Cubs (0-0)

Baseball is back! I’m so glad that the Cubs opener is on a Sunday so I don’t have to burn a vacation day for my favorite holiday of the year. Today’s lineups: Cardinals 3B Carpenter RF Heyward LF Holliday SS Peralta 1B Adams C Molina 2B Wong CF Jay P Wainwright Cubs CF Fowler RF […]

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Daily Facepalm 4.2.15 – Roofing, boarding, framing, we do everything

Rooftops fighting a losing battle Rulings have started happening on the roofies’ lawsuit against the Cubs, and it’s looking good for the team. Brett dusted off his lawyer hat (wig?) to take a look at the ruling. Here’s my precis of his precis of the ruling: the rooftops are fucked. There’s still plenty more rodeo […]

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Daily Facepalm 4.1.15 – Roster taking shape

  This week’s cuts Lake, Schlitter, and Rosscup were sent to AAA today. This follows the much more ballyhooed cuts earlier this week of Bryant and Russell (both expected) and Baez (a little unexpected). I was on team Baez-to-AAA but was definitely in the minority in that among the Cubs Twittersphere. He’s 22, it’s not […]

Obstructed View Podcast Episode 2

In this episode, Sitrick, Myles, and I discuss More college basketball than we intended Wrigley Renovation ‘news’ The likely 25 man roster Guesses at the opening day lineup Kris Bryant and the CBA – a moral issue? Our favorite Cubs of the Jim Hendry era Innings pitched by the fifth starters How everything could go […]

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Daily Facepalm 3.26.15

Kris Bryant ——> LF (today) Bryant heads to LF for the first time this spring. I think the Cubs would have liked to have this happen earlier, but he had some shoulder fatigue, probably from hitting so many HRs. Bryant played some OF in college and it’s not like LF is that tough a position […]

Obstructed View Podcast Episode 1

After much emailing and only one failed attempt, we now have a blog podcast! Sitrick, Myles, and I discuss things such as Kris Bryant How tired we are about talking about Kris Bryant The fifth starter spot Players flying under the radar Players flying over the radar Too Many Shortstops Pokemon There were a few […]

OV Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.12.15

Tweets of the day   Didn’t think I could care about anything less than hearing about fantasy baseball teams, but then Will Ferrell started playing in ST games. — Cee Angi (@CeeAngi)

Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.11.15

Back to Back to Back Your browser does not support iframes. Brett cooked up some odds on this happening Even if we generously say each of the three would normally homer in 1 out of 15 plate appearances (that’s a 40-homer pace in 600 plate appearances), the odds that the three would go back-to-back-to-back is 1 […]

Spring training pics

Fun in the sun from the last 2.5 days Cool stuff outside the park. The park in general was quite nice, and I can confirm that the toilets flushed extremely properly. Baseball is coming. Arrieta and Bosio, warming up before the game. Arrieta warming up with long toss. The Cubs take the field. Solid ballpark […]

Game(s) thread – first day of Spring Training

Today’s lineups! At Giants (radio via Giants on mlb.com) La Stella, 2B Denorfia, LF Alcantara, CF Soler, RF Castillo, C Bryant, 3B Schwarber, DH Valaika, 1B Russell, SS Turner, P Vs A’s (Len and Mick on mlb.com) Fowler, CF Rizzo, 1B Castro, SS Montero, C Baez, 2B Coghlan, LF Olt, 3B Sweeney, DH Lake, RF […]

Previewing the NL Central via the BP Annual

Being more or less snowed in over the weekend provided plenty of time to leaf through this year’s BP annual. I was originally just going to rant about the Cardinals chapter, but figured I’d go ahead and do the whole division. Chicago Cubs Sahadev’s essay was excellent but not really news to those of us […]

Daily-ish Facepalm 2.26.15 – Rizzo’s stance, Coach Manny

Is Rizzo’s offensive surge for real? Sahadev takes a long look at Rizzo’s hitting mechanics during his breakout 2014 season vs his relatively disappointing 2013 over at BP. It’s behind the paywall*, but here are some highlights. Some of these are not super surprising for those of us who watched way too much Cubs baseball […]

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“Daily” Facepalm – Moncada, Epstein, Wood Extension?

Yoan Moncada ——-> Red Sox The Cuban defector goes to the Sox on a $30m deal. The Cubs continued to scout him despite being under the CBA signing limit penalty, hoping for the slim chance that he’d sign after July when their probation ends. The Red Sox burned their own signing bridges with the deal […]

OV Fantasy Baseball 2015 discussion

Fantasy Baseball was what turned me from a casual baseball fan into the fan I am today (with some help from Sammy Sosa), but I lost interest in it 5-6 years ago. Daily lineups, the long season, and relatively large rosters (compared to FFL) led to way more micromanaging than I had time for, and the […]

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